Kecksburg, Pennsylvania: Space Acorn - 1965 UFO
- 5123 Water St., Kecksburg, PA
- PA Turnpike exit 91 (Uniontown/Ligonier/Hwy 31/711). Turn right onto Hwy 31 for 1.5 miles. Turn right onto Clay Pike for six miles to Kecksburg. Cross Hwy 982, then turn right onto Water St. Acorn is on the hill to the left. Gift shop is in the long "social hall" to the right; enter at the door marked "Bar" and ring the bell to be let in.
- Store: M-Th 11 am - 11 pm, F 11 am - 1 am, Sa noon-1 am, Su noon-11 pm. (Call to verify)
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- Worth a Detour
A UFO allegedly crashed in Kecksburg in 1965, and the town proudly displays a replica that was left there by a TV show. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [11/30/2008]
Visitor Tips and News About Space Acorn - 1965 UFO
The Space Acorn now bears a plaque resembling a road sign: the Kecksburg UFO![Gloria Z, 12/02/2014]
The UFO gift shop is a locked room that the bartender lets you into. It had a wall of news clippings and some shirts and glasses. Fun in a quirky way![Darick Maasen, 10/05/2012]
On our way to Ligonier, PA and Storybook Forest, we stumbled across the Space Acorn. Thankfully for my careful reading of your tips, I recognized that this was not a "giant acorn," but a space ship!
I told my husband such and he had to see it to believe it. The acorn, er...spaceship is in good shape. It does look like one of the spotlights has been broken.
My kids are too young to understand, but I hope that they tell of the day that their crazy parent tried to convince them an acorn was a spaceship![Wild Wonderful West Virginian, 08/17/2010]
Children, eat your vegetables or the Space Acorn will come for you.
A mockup of a UFO stands behind the Mount Pleasant Township Volunteer Fire Department, recalling a notorious sighting on the night of December 9, 1965. The incident is one that riles up those who suspect continuing government cover-up of UFOs. The alleged crash was investigated by the NASA, and the US Army, and freedom of information activists are still pursuing those long suppressed documents. The Air Force at the time claimed it was a meteorite.
In 1965, locals witnessed soldiers cordoning off the area, and a flatbed truck leaving Kecksburg loaded with an object shaped like an acorn, roughly the size of a Volkswagen bus. The mockup, also referred to as "the UFO monument," was fabricated for the TV show "Unsolved Mysteries" in the 1990s. The Space Acorn features speculative hieroglyphic symbols around its base.
At last report, the town was successful in selling UFO-related merchandise online, and was planning to open a permanent gift shop near the Space Acorn.[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 11/07/2007]